Published On: Mon, Aug 27th, 2018

Rs 500 Cr Was Just An Advance To Kerala Flood Relief: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said to Kerala governor P. Sathasivam the Rs 500 crore aid announced by centre for flood relief is just a token money and more to come following submission of an additional memorandum by the state.

Rs 500 Cr Was Just An Advance To Kerala Flood Relief- Modi

A press statement released by the state Raj Bhavan revealed the centre the Rs 500 crore announced is an addition to the Rs 562.45 crore sanctioned for the State Disaster Management Fund. Apart from the monetary part the central government has also made available to the flood victims food, water, medicines and foodgrains, and according to Modi these are just normal procedures.

The statement added further Modi had told to Sathasivam that emerging situation in the state was closely watched by him. Moreover, between August 16 and 21, during the days of calamity, the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met on all days to oversee and coordinate rescue efforts.

Raj Bhavan mentioned the meetings were attended by senior civil and military officials. Kerala Chief Secretary too was in loop via video conferencing and based on the assessments massive deployment of Central forces was carried out.

Another release by state government revealed death toll of Kerala flood reached 293 and fifteen people are still missing.

Maximum number of deaths was reported from the hilly district of Idukki, which is closest to the dam the shutters of which were opened on August 9, a day after the heavy rain started, after about 26 years. Disaster Management State Control Room figures reveals more than fifty people have died here and 10 people are still missing.

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